When Eric McClellan is not completing his Sport Management degree or leading this year’s Gonzaga Men’s basketball team the the Sweet 16, the 23 year-old senior is spending his free time interning with Hoopfest. Originally from Austin, Texas, Eric moved to Spokane after transferring to GU from Vanderbilt in 2014. Hear more about Eric’s experience with Hoopfest below:
What are your future career plans? My plans after school are to pursue my basketball career. I’m fortunate to be in this position because I have the opportunity to not only graduate but to also follow my dreams and goals as a professional athlete.
Outside of school, what do you enjoy doing? Outside of school, I like doing activities that the normal college students enjoy, like: playing video games, listening to music, hanging with friends. I love working out and it’s an interesting dynamic, because basketball is slowly turning into my job rather something I do, but that’s a pretty cool feeling. I also love reading and riding my bike.
Unusual skills or talents? My largest hidden skill would probably be being able to solve a rubix cube.
How did you first hear about Hoopfest? I first heard about Hoopfest through my teammates when I was getting recruited to Gonzaga. I’m from Austin, Texas and I always thought Hoopitup was the largest 3-on-3 tournament in the world, but I learned soon enough that was false.
Have you ever been to Hoopfest before? Played? Volunteered? I have been to Hoopfest before. Last year (2015) I started interning at Hoopfest and I was able to experience one of the best weekends of my life. No exaggeration. I was blown away by the turnout and the efficiency of the event. Such an awesome experience!
Why did you choose to intern with Hoopfest? My teammate Kevin Pangos interned here last year and he had nothing but great things to say about the crew here and the experience. I also wanted to think more of my career after basketball, so I wanted to get some experience from some of the greatest marketing minds in Spokane. Obviously with me being an athlete, it was a fairly easy pick to intern here.
What has been your favorite part since starting your internship with Hoopfest? This has actually been a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be and allow me to explain what I mean by that. I’ve never had a 9-5 or interned anywhere before so, I didn’t know what to expect. I know what I’m interested in and all my weaknesses and strengths were things I have been able to hone and progress with here. Interning at Hoopfest has such a family-built foundation. Everyone is loose, energetic and friendly. There’s a warmth when you walk in these doors and everyone genuinely cares about you and your well-being. I can’t really pinpoint what has been the best. Being here learning how to strategize, market effectively, organize, network with people, work diligently, and influence others has been the best for me. All the while, having a blast doing it!
I just want to thank the whole Hoopfest crew for embracing me and giving me the opportunity to work and learn from some of the best minds there are. Also thanking them for creating a bond with me that’ll last a lifetime. Thank you for all the love, lessons and memories!